I feel like people have a love hate relationship with stocking fillers and token gifts. Most of us give and receive them every year but often they are quickly forgotten. I’ve decided to take an ‘absolutely no junk’ approach to stocking fillers this year. Does that mean everything will be expensive or mind blowing? No. It means I only include things that will be really appreciated and raise a smile.
Below I’ve detailed a bunch of stocking fillers for men that I think are worth purchasing. Anything that was sent as a sample to be included is marked with a *.
If you’ve read my blog for a while you probably know Matt and I have five brothers between us. Add to that mix our Dads and any male secret Santa partners means there tends to be a lot of ‘man’ orientated gifts in our house every Christmas.
One of the easiest ways to pick a great stocking filler or a token gift for a man in your life is to think about their hobbies. For example, Matt loves his car so this California Scents air freshener was a no-brainer. I’m reliably informed it’s one of the best brands you can buy as there’s a broad range of scents and they last a long time.
My brother on the other hand is more interested in spending time on the rugby pitch and in the gym. These Carb Killa bars by Grenade* come really highly recommended with over 1000 five star reviews on Amazon and glowing comments on their own website. They’re low sugar, high in protein and always keep an emphasis on flavour and texture which is what sets Carb Killa apart.
One exception to the ‘buy in to hobbies’ idea is if you’ve got a photographer in the family. I would advise against getting them gear as there’s a good chance they already have it and in my experience photographers have really strong brand loyalty so it’s best to leave them to it. One thing Matt and a few other camera loving friends seem to enjoy is inspirational coffee table books. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is a fantastic choice for a budding photographer – it’s full of helpful tips and iconic photos with the notable absence of jargon.
Fun Stocking Fillers for Him
Raise a smile with Tiny Hands* – sure to entertain anyone from 3-93 I predict you’ll not be able to go on social media over Christmas without seeing a lot of families messing around with these. Tiny hands are exactly what you’d expect – tiny plastic hands. They look hilarious and are a bargain for the amount of laughs you’ll get out of them.
Candles are one of the best ways to bring a bit of atmosphere to your home, helping you to relax and feel cosy. If you prefer a more woody masculine scent we really like the Yankee Barbershop range and Amber Noir from Shearer Candles. Shearer Candles are really affordable and have a great scent, we got this one from Dobbies but they’re also available on Amazon. If you prefer a reed diffuser they make those too!
If you know a man who likes to doodle, make lists or stay organised with a diary then some nice pens would make a great stocking filler. Matt and I both love the metallic Pen 68 range from Stabilo*. These pens are strictly off limits to Luisa! This week we’ve both been using them for Christmas cards, party planning and pretty yet passive aggressive notes – of course.
Practical Stocking Fillers for Him
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of skincare. Bulldog* are one of Matts favourite brands – they’re no nonsense, cruelty free, vegan, environmentally friendly and made in the UK. Their range is really simple to navigate based on your skincare needs and they’re super affordable. Matt’s been using their moisturiser and bread conditioner for years – considering he was normally someone who’d just buy whatever was on offer this is praise indeed! Side note, he still takes the ‘good deal’ approach with shampoo!
Charity Pot is a multi purpose hand and body lotion from Lush. 100% of the price minus taxes is donated to grass roots organisations local to your store. All the charities that benefit are aligned with the Lush ethos on environment, animal welfare and human rights. When you buy Charity Pot you’re not just getting a fabulous salve for winter skin you’re giving back straight in to your community. WinWinWin.
Everyone needs a bobble hat right? This red one is a chunky rib knit by Napapijri Semiury* – Mainline Menswear kindly sent it to Matt as a gift this year. When you first open the hat it might look a little small, this is definitely intentional as the rib knit means it can fit to your head and not create that daft gappy look some beanies have. These bobble hats are cotton lined, warm, comfortable and come in a range of colours. I love the deep red colour and think it looks fab!
Last but not least, it’s not Christmas without Lynx. Whether you keep it classic with an Africa gift set or explore their new, more grown up range is up to you.
I hope these ideas were helpful – do let me know if you go on to purchase them or if you’ve got any great ideas for teens!